Jane Warners brother has left her to care for his rundown farm and two pre-school sons. Shes had female-related health concerns and the only available doctor tells her shes cursed and will die. She doesnt believe in curses but her fears for the little boys make her advertise for a man willing to take care of them.
Ryder Magrane arrives but not to answer the ad as Jane assumes. When a wild teenager, Ryder stole her brothers cattle. Hes just gotten out of prison for the theft and is determined to make up the loss to the man he wronged. Quickly bewitched by the boys and drawn to Jane, he decides to help her. Jane shows him the ad and to his great embarrassment he assumes she meant marriage. She turns down his impulsive proposal, but takes him on as a hired hand.
Although marriage wasnt what she had in mind, Ryder appeals to Jane as a husband more and more. Ryder must deal with the courting efforts of another suitor, the arrival of Janes younger sisters, plus the untimely return and criminal plans of the men who originally helped him steal Warners cattle.
Rider Magrane knew what "wanted" meant; he'd spent time running from the law. Thoses days were over now, and he'd come back to Drover to make amends. But the man he'd wronged was no longer in town. Instead he found the most appealing woman he'd ever met---Jane Warner---and she thought that he'd come about the ad he now held in his hand. To be near her was tempting, but what did a cattle rustler know about children---or love?
Jane had posted the ad to lure a capable male into caring for her nephews---she herself had never been part of the deal. But examining
the hunk that appeared at her homestead, all she could think of were the good aspects of having a man in her life. She dreamt of him running rough hands along her soft flesh and devouring her with kisses deeper than a moonless Kansas night. The payment was negotiable; she'd said so herself. No price was too dear for this handsome stranger's heart."